On This Day

Historical Events in May 1949

  • May 1 A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
  • May 1 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)

Historic Event

May 2 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

  • May 2 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • May 2 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • May 3 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
  • May 4 Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals
  • May 5 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • May 7 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 8 West German constitution approved
  • May 9 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London

Historic Event

May 9 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco

  • May 11 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • May 11 Siam renames itself Thailand

Historic Event

May 12 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

  • May 13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • May 14 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • May 14 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56

Historic Invention

May 14 US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

  • May 17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • May 18 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
  • May 25 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai

Sports History

May 27 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"

  • May 27 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • May 28 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker retains title; beats fellow American Budge Patty 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • May 28 French Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne duPont wins her second French singles crown; beats Nelly Adamson Landry of France 7-5, 6-2
  • May 29 Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • May 29 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Best Years of Our Lives" Best Film
  • May 29 2nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Hamlet" Best Film
  • May 30 East German constitution approved
  • May 30 NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname
  • May 30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: After finishing runner-up the previous 2 years, Bill Holland finally wins giving car owner Lou Moore his 3rd consecutive Indy victory; 1947-48 winner Mauri Rose fired after the race for ignoring team orders
  • May 31 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hermitage CC: Sam Snead beats fellow American Johnny Palmer, 3 & 2; first time reigning Masters champion wins PGA Championship in the same calendar year.
  • May 31 Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, & stays 117 days)